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In loving memory of Victoria Slater-Madert, BSW Shepherd University, MSW - West Virginia University

Social Work at Shepherd University: A Program of Distinction

The mission of the Shepherd University Social Work Program, in concert with the University mission and the Council on Social Work Education Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (2015), is to prepare competent beginning level professional practitioners who possess the knowledge, skills, values, and ethics necessary to intervene effectively on behalf of diverse clients on all practice levels. Through practitioner preparation, the Program enhances the practice community’s ability to both facilitate the social functioning of clients and advance social change. The Social Work Program envisions graduates as regional leaders whose efforts improve the social service delivery system and work toward social and economic justice.

Social work is set  apart from other “helping professions” by its focus on improving individual well-being in a social context, and enhancing the wellbeing of society. Fundamental to social work is attending to the environmental forces that create, contribute to, and address problems in living.

To seek a BSW degree is to pursue work in a field that promotes social justice and social change with, and on the behalf of others; particularly those populations which are oppressed, vulnerable and living in poverty.

Students at Shepherd University are united by a passion to help others. They seek an undergraduate social work degree from Shepherd to gain the knowledge to make great change happen. We invite you to join them.